The Most Gift-Ready Mooncakes for Mid-Autumn Festival 2021
From classic fillings like lotus to a must-try version with XO sauce!
(SPOT.ph) It's around this time every year that we celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival: on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month (or around September to early October in the Gregorian calendar), the moon is thought to be at its fullest and brightest. In traditional Chinese culture, the round shape symbolizes family reunion; and the full moon, a token of abundance, harmony, and luck.
Of course, no Mid-Autumn Festival is complete without a mooncake or two. This rich, often-sweet pastry is made, given away, and eaten by members of the community in light of the occassion. With a thin yet doughy crust in traditional baked versions and a dense filling that's generally on the sweet side (though savory versions exist, too), it's a rich treat where a little goes a long way. Common fillings include seed, nut, or bean paste—plus other additions, like salted egg yolk (which symbolizes the full moon)—but in other parts of the world these days, you can also find modern versions with everything from ice cream to chocolate truffles.
Looking for great versions of mooncakes that you can order and get delivered in Manila? You can't go wrong with these spots.
Celebrate the 2021 Mid-Autumn Festival with these swoon-worthy mooncakes:
The Peninsula Manila
The Peninsula is bringing back their signature mooncakes—the creation of which dates all the way back to 1986 in Hong Kong! One of their best-known flavors is the Mini Egg Custard Mooncakes (P3,888/four pieces, P4,888/eight pieces), which have a golden, leche flan-esque filling that’ll have you on a sweet high. These are available for pre-order now, for pickup or delivery in September. You can also get 10% off your orders if you place them before September 14. Just reach out to their hotline or visit their website; alternatively, you can message them via email or Facebook.
Shangri-La at the Fort
Made for purists at heart, Shangri-La’s at the Fort’s mooncakes stay fairly true to tradition, banking not on novelty but on executing classics really well. From White Lotus with Salted Egg Yolk (P388/mini, P588/regular) to Red Bean and Pine Nuts (P388/mini, P588/regular) to Pineapple (P388/mini, P588/regular), they’ve got you covered; You can also go for their boxes and hamper, like the Square Box of 4 Regular Mooncakes (P2,988) or the Silver Moon Hamper (P4,888) with mooncakes, wine, cashew nuts, vegetarian XO sauce, tea, chocolate, and cookies. Just visit their website to view the full lineup and place your order.
Hong Kong MX Mooncakes
Hailing from its namesake country, Hong Kong MX Mooncakes is loved for their classic and modern mooncakes that are available all year round, but make especially great gifts during this time of the year. Some of the dreamy flavors you can get from them are the nutty White Lotus Paste with Egg Yolk (starts at P2,050/box of four 185-gram cakes); the more complex Lace Lotus Seed Paste (P2,100/box of eight 45-gram cakes) with salted egg yolks, lotus seed paste, and crushed caramelized peanuts; the ube-esque special Minions Dave Purple Sweet Potato Mooncakes (P1,950/four 45-gram cakes); and even the Lava Custard Mooncake (P2,500/box of eight 45-gram cakes) with a gooey custard filling. You can order through the website of their official distributor, Double Down Import and Export Inc.
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Manila Marriott Hotel
For a truly memorable gift, go for Marriott Hotel’s picturesque Mooncake Chests (starts at P2,988/chest of four), which are elegantly arranged in red boxes with gold stamping. Flavor options include the nutty Coconut, the rich Red Lotus Paste, its light-but-lush cousin White Lotus Paste, and the mother of them all—then Wu Ren Yue Bing with pecans, walnuts, cashews, toasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and Jin Huan ham (whew!). Plus, you can opt to get your box with a 50-ml bottle of whiskey for P520. Just give the hotel a call or head to their website 48 hours in advance to order.
The Hungry Chef
Imagine a savory-sweet mooncake that gets a deep, complex flavor thanks to umami-rich XO sauce. Yup, it exists, care of social-media personality and chef Nathaniel Uy (a.k.a. The Hungry Chef)’s Empress Mooncake (P225/single yolk)! Other mooncakes in his short-but-sweet range are the Lotus (starts at P180/plain) and Black Bean (starts at P175) flavors. Slots are limited to 80 mooncakes a week, so it’s best to place your orders early; simply fill out their order form.
Shangri-La’s EDSA outpost goes for well-crafted mooncakes with flavors that stand the test of time. There’s the no-fail Mixed Nut, Lotus Seed, Red Bean, and Black Sesame—but also the more playful Green Tea and Durian versions! You can opt to get them solo (P388/small, P588/large) or go for one of their stunning boxed sets, like the Square Box (P2,988) with four large pieces or the Deluxe Box (P4,188) with eight large pieces. Just visit EDSA Shangri-La’s Beepit website to order.
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